Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act


The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act [LHWCA] was enacted by the United States Congress in 1927 to provide worker's compensation coverage to maritime workers. There may be concurrent jurisdiction between the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Act and the LHWCA over certain maritime-related injuries. Federal jurisdiction is exclusive in cases when the employment is so specifically maritime, or so associated with navigation and commerce, that the application of state law would materially interfere with the federal legislation.